The girl was not seriously injured and was in stable condition Sunday morning at the Albany Medical Center, the Warren County Sheriff's Office said. "It's OK to let go, I'll catch you, honey, '" said Howard.
The teenager was on the ride with a child relative when she fell from the two-person vehicle, the Warren County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.
Police described the "Sky Ride, " the attraction from which the girl fell, as a "very slow-moving, gondola-style attraction that spans several hundred feet across the park".
The sheriff's office also said in a statement that the girl was riding the attraction with a younger, child relative and fell from a stopped two-person vehicle.
"There were a lot of people yelling and surprised as I was that there wasn't something that could be done faster to help, " Lent said.
Authorities said a 47-year-old man was also hospitalized when he hurt his back trying to catch the girl, but has since been released.
Employees at The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom in Queensbury treated the girl before emergency crews arrived, the sheriff's office said.
The ride's operator brought it to a stop after receiving a radio transmission from park staff on the ground that a rider was in distress, according to the report.
Luckily, she was caught, and subsequently treated by the medical team at the park. Thanks to the guys who banded together to catch her and the guy who climbed the tree to move the branches out of the way. The park issued a statement saying that guest safety is top priority.
The ride will be closed until the park can do a thorough review of what happened.
He said the ride has no seatbelt, and just a bar across to hold patrons inside.